It’s been some time now since I’ve seen any new posts, any new comments or even any new gratuitous insults. What happened?
Could it all be a symptom of “lockdown?” How do people spend their locked-down time anyway? The first things occurring to my alleged mind would be eating, drinking and sexing. With none but my own experience to offer, I can say that: (1) I’m not eating very much at the moment, and that mainly soup or extremely soft food, due largely to some extensive (and expensive) oral surgery I’ve recently had, (2) I’ve never been that much of a drinker anyway, even though at the moment I’d rather like a very small glass of my treasured Islay malt, despite it being still somewhat early in the day, and (3) What was that other thing?
Or has everyone on this site been carried off by the dread Coronavirus? Hopefully not! I myself am having nothing to do with COVID-19 and am holding out for COVID-27.
True, there are some – surely not including any Charioteers – who turn to drugs. From bits I’ve seen in the Canadian media, this may be more of an issue up there in the Great White North. But never within these walls!
As for me, I spend far too much time sitting here at my no-longer-new laptop, conveniently situated on a small table facing a rear window that affords me an excellent view of birds mobbing the feeder. Only even they have abandoned me at the moment. First to go were the little birds, leaving only two pairs of chickadees. For a while there were plenty of doves but now they too have flown the coop, as it were.
I occasionally take my beloved canine companions (I’d be lost without them) out for a Terrier Toddle and semi-often run errands, primarily shopping for meat/fish, baked goods and dairy products – those things that my manic gardener wifeperson doesn’t produce at home.
I watch way too much TV, largely documentary programs that I’ve programmed a computer to recordd in the dead of night, when I’m supposed to be asleep.
Sometimes I even think. Yes, yes, hard to believe, I know. Yet sometimes I can’t stop this thing inside my skull from making trouble.
Take, for example, all this current “Black Lives Matter” nonsense. For one thing, they’ve got it wrong. ALL lives presumably being of equal value in some way, a far better slogan would be simply, “LIFE matters.” Is this all a terribly delayed reaction to slavery, even though that has not been part of our society for many years now? My own reaction is: If you don’t like it here, go someplace else! Coronavirus considerations apart, Americans are free to go where they wish. (But how many ever flocked to Liberia?) Peaceful demonstrations are quite in order but should never ever degenerate into riots, with attendant wanton destruction of private property. I’m no great fan of Starbucks but fail to see how they deserve to have their storefronts smashed and interiors trashed. I am appalled to see how many large companies have fallen all over themselves in a rush to pump out volumes of supposedly conciliatory verbiage.
But are all lives really equal? Has anyone stopped to consider that all too many of these alleged “victims” attract the attention of the police because of what they’ve done, not because of what they are? How many media column-inches are ever given to the fact that many of them are not model citizens, unless the view of “model citizens” has somehow changed to include those who have outstanding arrest warrants or who display very good reason to be suspected of one crime or another?
Even so, kneeling on a prisoner’s neck until he expires is altogether unforgivable. Shooting someone in the back, when he can hardly be construed to be a threat, smacks of cowardice. Lying and covering up for one’s associates is just plain wrong. Even though I don’t think much of smartphones (and don’t/won’t own one myself), their proliferation means that now nearly everyone has a camera and that videos thus taken are regularly used to break through the police “club” mentality. Take that to your local Chief Constable, Justice Overlord or whomever and tell him where to put it!